The Timbers and Salem’s longtime youth soccer club announced today that they are joining forces to advance the soccer training opportunities in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
The Salem club, which was founded in 1993 and is known as CFC, will now be branded as Capital FC Timbers.
“The Portland Timbers are excited to establish an adidas Timbers Alliance club in Salem, the state capital,” said Timbers youth sporting director Mike Smith. “Capital FC Timbers have provided many exceptional players to the Timbers Academy and was the natural choice to partner with due to its winning tradition, talented coaches and spectacular 25-acre facility.”
“We are proud to join forces with the Portland Timbers and look forward to a cooperative relationship that can benefit every soccer player in the Mid-Willamette Valley,” said Collin Box, Director of Coaching at Capital FC Timbers.
Capital FC will be the only regional “Timbers Alliance” entity in Marion, Polk, Linn, Benton, Yamhill and Lincoln counties. There are seven regional Timbers Alliance clubs, based in Medford, Bend, Eugene, Portland, and Vancouver, Wash.
The Timbers Alliance is a strategic partnership with elite local youth clubs in the Portland Timbers’ development territory, designed to build unique working relationships and development opportunities to help channel the top youth players towards the Timbers’ development programs and the Timbers Academy.
As part of the alliance, the Timbers share coaching resources and curriculum with clubs in the development of both boys and girls youth players. Additionally, youth clubs incorporate the Timbers brand into their club name and wear an adidas Timbers Alliance badge as part of the uniform.
The partnership with Capital FC means Salem-area players and coaches will have opportunities to work with the Timbers coaching staff and attend special events at Jeld-Wen field, the home field of the Portland Timbers and Thorns. Professional Timbers and Thorns players will attend future events at Capital FC Timbers, and the Portland Timbers will offer camps at the club’s Salem facility, at 5201 State Street.
Capital FC Timbers will remain an independent nonprofit that will continue to be overseen by a local board of directors, yet will work closely with the other Timbers Alliance youth soccer clubs in the Pacific Northwest to create new opportunities for regional players to train and compete.
Capital FC Timbers serves families across the entire mid-Valley region. The Salem club is the only youth soccer organization in the state to own a soccer facility, and the State Street complex was named Oregon’s favorite youth soccer facility in a poll by the Oregon Youth Soccer Association.
Capital FC Timbers also will continue to be Oregon’s only club to offer training in affiliation with Coerver Coaching NW, recognized by top federations and professionals as the world’s number-one soccer skills teaching method.
Capital FC was launched as Salem United Soccer Club in 1993. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and currently serves 2,000 youths from ages three to 19. Programs include soccer starters and recreational play for younger players and traveling “competitive” teams for older players. Scholarships are available.
For more information, including signups for spring youth programs, please visit www.capitalfctimbers.com